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Wednesday May 20 2009

Financial Times - Asia homepage
US pledges aid as Swat crisis grows
The United Nations' refugee agency has warned that fighting between Pakistan's military and Taliban militants is uprooting people faster than probably any other conflict since the Rwandan genocide of the 1990s
Three vie for GM's European divisions
RHJ, Fiat and Magna expected to make formal offers for a stake in General Motors' Opel-Vauxhall units, but additional bids from private equity and sovereign wealth investors still possible
Investors rebel over Shell executive pay
In one of the biggest investor rebellions over directors' pay, about 59 per cent of the oil multi­national's shareholders voted down the company's remuneration report
Dimon rails against foreign worker rules
Rules preventing US banks from hiring foreigners are a 'complete and utter disgrace' and could prompt overseas governments to retaliate against American expatriates, Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, warned
Guantánamo panel calls for US to take Chinese Uighurs
The task force on Guantánamo Bay detainees set up by Barack Obama has recommended the release into the US of two Chinese Uighurs held at the prison, the Financial Times has learned
MGM Mirage warned over Macao JV
State authorities in NJ withhold blessing from $1.25bn MGM Grand Macau operation in Chinese territory
British MPs turn on their protector
Michael Martin said he would resign as Common Speaker after losing the confidence of many MPs and party leaders over his handling of the Westminster expenses furore
Fed looks to supply for pointer on rates
The Federal Reserve is turning its attention to the impact of the crisis on the productive capacity of the US economy – an issue central to any assessment of when it might start tightening monetary policy again
Obama unveils fuel efficiency alliance
The Obama administration announced a grand bargain on fuel efficiency and emissions with the global car industry, drawing together an unlikely alliance of carmakers, trade unions and environmentalists
Porsche chief woos Mideast investors
The corporate saga surrounding Volkswagen and its largest shareholder, Porsche, took another twist when it emerged that the sports car makers' chief executive was wooing Middle East investors

Financial Times - US homepage
Home Depot chief warns on US housing
Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, said its first quarter sales fell 9.7 per cent, and warned that its customers were "still under pressure" from the economy
Schwarzenegger setback expected on budget
California voters were expected to reject a series of special ballot measures aimed at addressing a widening state budget deficit in a blow to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Financial Times - UK Homepage
Overseas workers more able to keep jobs
Analysis of official statistics shows that the number of British-born workers in employment fell by 451,000, or 1.8 per cent, in the first quarter of this year compared with a year ago.
M&S chief reticent on choice of successor
Sir Stuart Rose said a search to find a successor for him would not begin until next year as the CEO of the UK retailer reported a 37 per cent fall in full-year pre-tax profits and a 33 per cent cut in dividend payouts
Lufthansa seeks BMI cash fillip
Lufthansa has warned it could walk away from the planned takeover of BMI British Midland unless the airline's controlling shareholder injects more capital into the struggling UK carrier
Financial regulation plan faces UK obstacles
Proposals for a radical overhaul of financial supervision in Europe, due to be published soon, are likely to put Brussels on a collision course with the UK
Oil recovery ignores fundamentals
A surge in the West Texas benchmark – jumped to a six-month high of $60.48 a barrel, up 85 per cent from February's low of $32.7 –has left some bullish and others concerned

A moribund Chinese bond market springs to life
Why the crisis is good for China's Pearl River Delta
A blog pause
China's land-rights reform is vital but not enough
How real is the threat of social unrest from China's army of unemployed?

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